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Plight of 11-year-old mother in Uganda reignites calls to stop child marriage

Yasin Kakande

A study by the WHO in 2013 indicated that early marriages and resultant pregnancies are the biggest cause of deaths among 15 to 19-year-old girls in Uganda

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Congo ex-vice president guilty in landmark ICC war rape ruling


The case is the first in which the ICC has found a high official directly responsible for the crimes of his subordinates, as well as the first to focus primarily on crimes of sexual violence committed in war

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Better protection needed for older women at risk of violence -campaigners


Research by HelpAge International - a group focused on promoting the rights of older people worldwide - has shown that women aged over 49 are often excluded from statistics on violence

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Being born a girl means clearing a lot of hurdles


One day out of 365. One day in a world wherein from the time they are born until they die, women experience discrimination and violence at every stage of their life

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Yazidi teenager escaped Islamic State, appeals for help for sex slaves

Magdalena Mis

The United Nations says Islamic State still holds an estimated 3,500 people captive in Iraq, the majority of them women and girls from the Yazidi community

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U.N. launches initiative to end child marriage for millions of girls


To mark International Women’s Day, the two U.N. agencies announced they are launching a multi-country initiative designed to protect millions of vulnerable girls from child marriage

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Turkish police fire rubber bullets to break up Women's Day rally


Turkish police on Sunday briefly detained at least one woman and fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of hundreds of people trying to mark International Women's Day in central Istanbul

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UN registered 99 sex crime allegations against its staff in 2015


There were 99 new allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse against United Nations staff members across the U.N. system last year

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Afghan women, girls face invasive virginity tests, says rights report


In a conservative culture where great value is attached to a woman's virginity, the "aggressive" exams can damage a woman's personal dignity, emotional health, and social status

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